briefly, an update and a kneejerk reaction


Sorry things have been a little quiet around here. I’ve been on a staycation and the parents are here from up north and we’ve been busy cleaning and getting things rearranged. The office is officially a nursery and we’ve been able to tackle a lot of household stuff that has gone unaddressed for too long. Unfortunately, that has meant being quiet on this end of things. I have a bunch of good ideas sitting here right now for the blog and I’d like to do a few faith-oriented posts throughout the Paschal Week. I also am ramping up a fairly significant side project for here in town as well as beginning to outline a manuscript for a commentary on the epistle to the Hebrews, and am beginning to line-up ideas for a feature-length article. We’ll see what happens.

As usual, thank you for your patience with me. I hope to reward it with good posts on the road ahead.

Kneejerk Reaction: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Specter at the Feast – Vagrant, 2013Specter At The Feast

I have to admit that I’ve been away from BRMC since Take Them On, On Your Own, but after hearing the free EP on their website featuring the single from the new record, a cover of The Call’s Let the Day Begin, I was sold again for the first time. Being a very frugal music enthusiast these days, I was happy to pick the record up digital download off Amazon for $5. (Sorry, I’d gladly splurge on the vinyl like I did with TTOOYO, but car seats and cribs are of paramount import these days. Also, it’s still $5 at Amazon as of publication.)

BRMC has taken their garage and shoegaze-inspired sound and wrapped it in a dream pop production quality (largely inspired by frontman Robert Been’s father, the late Michael Been, he of the aforementioned Call) that dually emphasizes both the rawness of their traditional lo-fi appeal while demonstrating maturity in the studio that has created a full, satisfying sound. Gone is the unbridled angst of earlier songs, gone [thankfully] are the political overtones. Been and company have, instead, generally chosen a more introspective and self-exploring route, particularly with regard to Been’s father passing away. There is a kind of soul-searching that is going on in this record, perhaps religious, perhaps just with the benefit of growing into and accepting the reality of being an adult, that is absent from most records. Songs have a nice flow to them, some do tend to wander a little, but never in a way that becomes boring or stale.

In short, it’s a solid record that should serve as a landmark for a band which can continue to grow, evolve and mature without sacrificing the kinetic energy that has made and continues to make it what it is. Strongly recommended.

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